I’m back to talk about the second part of the “Captain America: Civil War” press conference, which was all about Team Captain America! This panel was equally amazing as Team Iron Man, with producer and president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige returning to speak on this panel, joined by co-director Joe Russo, actors Paul Rudd (Ant-Man/Scott Lang), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Jeremy Renner (Clint Baron/Hawkeye), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), and of course Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America).
Kevin Feige spoke incredibly in-depth about the process of making the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the Team Iron Man panel, and reiterated his love and dedication for all the work he and his fellow artists put into these movies. Feige said he absolutely loves the diversity of tones they get to play around with with all the Marvel movies. He often gets to work with the same characters he knows and loves, but he still gets a wide-range of films he is able to produce, whether the very humorous such as “Ant-Man“, or a darker story like “Age of Ultron”, his job always remains interesting.
Director Joe Russo spoke in admiration of the actors he is able to work with on these films, and said during “Captain America: Civil War” they would always keep the cameras rolling and try to give just 2-3 word directorial notes so the actors could just jump back into character immediately. He feels it is important to keep rolling and build upon each take rather than constantly stopping and starting the cameras again. He wants to work to maintain the anticipation and momentum we see as audiences in the final product. Working with this line-up of superheroes, he discusses how growth arcs can be quite difficult with such powerful characters. It is crucial to make sure we can see their more-human personalities and their flaws, or else the superheroes would be limitless. Interpreting their flaws and their emotions on screen makes for a more interesting story, and more relate-able.
Paul Rudd, who was introduced last year as Ant-Man in the Marvel universe, was just as funny and quick-witted in person as one would imagine him to be, making the audience of the press conference laugh continuously! (He’s also incredibly funny in “Civil War” too) Rudd said that “Captain America: Civil War” was a very unique experience for him, even after having filmed Marvel’s “Ant-Man”. He said this experience seemed much more surreal, since he could see all of the iconic props and costumes in-person, such as Captain America’s shield or Iron Man’s suit. Rudd said that it felt as if the superheroes he loved in comic books as a child were real.
Sebastian Stan, with each Marvel film he does has the intricate task of figuring out how much of Bucky Barnes versus how much of the Winter Soldier he should incorporate into his performance. This balance alters constantly for him, not only with each film but even with each scene. Although challenging to say the least, Stan also finds this aspect of his role exciting, as he never knows what corner his character will turn with the next film until he receives a new script.
Elizabeth Olsen also plays a character with much inner turmoil, discussing how Wanda is different from many superheroes, as her opponent isn’t a villian, but herself. The Scarlet Witch isn’t fully in control of her powers, or her emotions, and this can sometimes be frustrating and frightening to her character, with her ongoing battle trying to figure herself out more.
When we last saw Clint/Hawkeye, he had decided to retire from the Avengers to be with his wife and children, but he makes his return in “Captain America: Civil War”. Actor Jeremy Renner talked about how he felt that making a comeback was inevitable, as his character seeks adventure and enjoys the action too much to stand back from the Avengers for too long, Hawkeye craves the excitement of battle.
Anthony Mackie and Chris Evans were quite entertaining, by making jokes and laughing with one another during the press conference, and even admitting they have burpee and push-up competitions with one another on set. They definitely seem like a fun duo on-screen and off. Chris Evans seemed as kind-hearted as his character Steve Rogers, and complimented his fellow actors, directors, and crew members, saying how their dedication to the film was palpable; it helped motivate and inspire him to feel the air of excitement from everyone around him. This film was particularly interesting for him, as he got to play around with his character in a way he hadn’t been able to before. He explained that Captain America is a very binary person, normally being very moral and perfect. With “Captain America: Civil War”, he was able to experiment and figure out more layers to Captain America, and make his emotions a little more grey, a little less black and white. In this film, he has to decide if he should be on his new family’s side (the Avengers team) or his old family’s side (Bucky Barnes). In his venture of figuring himself out on a deeper level, more character flaws become revealed.
“Captain America: Civil War” was indeed a complex film, with many layers, and story and character developments. The actors, directors, and scrip writers executed it flawlessly, and I can’t wait to see what else is up their sleeve for these characters’ future stories.